Wires Associated with Edward Hebern

Wires Associated with Edward Hebern

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Description
The American inventor Edward Hebern (1869-1952) designed a series of machines for encrypting messages. The Smithsonian collections include a few of these as part of accession 1991.0190. Like many inventors, Hebern accumulated a variety of spare parts. These are some of them, part of museum transaction 1991.3033.
These four wires are covered with black plastic. Three have lettered lugs at both ends. One of them is attached to part of a relay. The fourth wire is double, has lugs, and has no letters.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
wires
maker
Edward Hebern
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 cm x 28 cm x 16 cm; 25/32 in x 11 1/32 in x 6 5/16 in
ID Number
1991.3033.058
catalog number
1991.3033.058
nonaccession number
1991.3033
Credit Line
Gift of T. Scripps Downing
subject
Mathematics
Codes and Ciphers
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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